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 DATE  NEWS
30/11/06 The following routes have seen diversions or cancellations due to the weather today:
Tayinloan - Gigha (suspended)
Fionnphort - Iona (suspended)
Mallaig - Armadale (0840 cancelled)
Sconser - Raasay (suspended)
Colintraive - Rhubodach (suspended)
Wemyss Bay - Rothesay (services diverted to Gourock - no further planned sailings to Wemyss Bay. Bute sailed from Gourock at 1515 and will finish for the day upon arrival at Rothesay)
Lochaline - Fishnish (first sailings cancelled, 1445 ex Lochaline and 1510 ex Fishnish cancelled)
Kennacraig - Port Askaig (1300/1530 sailings cancelled)
Gourock - Dunoon (1220 round trip cancelled due to technical trouble at Dunoon)
Tarbert - Lochranza (today's sailing cancelled)
Berneray - Leverburgh (all sailings cancelled)
Tobermory - Kilchoan (0720 sailing was cancelled)
Tarbert - Portavadie (suspended)
Ardmhor - Eriskay (last sailing cancelled)

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29/11/06 Isle of Arran arrived at Tobermory at 1300 where she first berthed bow-in and then turned to berth stern-in (bow facing the Sound of Mull).

Another day, another set of bad weather and the associated disruptions... Isle of Lewis will not be sailing from Ullapool to Stornoway at 1715. She will spend the night in Ullapool, consequently the 0715 ex Stornoway is cancelled tomorrow as well. Lochnevis did not venture out to the Small Isles this morning, and the Loch Ranza is currently off due to the conditions in the Sound of Gigha. In what is becoming a regular occurrence during these strong winds, Hebridean Isles has diverted her 1800 sailing to Port Askaig instead of Port Ellen. The 0415 inward sailing will now depart at 0430 from Port Askaig.

With a poor forecast for tomorrow, the 0645 sailing to Coll and Tiree has been cancelled in advance. Clansman will also not sail at 1530 for Castlebay and Lochboisdale. On Friday there will be a combined sailing from Oban at 0645 for Coll and Tiree. On departure from Tiree the vessel will then pass through the Gunna Sound to Uist and Barra before returning to Oban.

 
28/11/06 Isle of Arran sailed at 0700 from Port Askaig light to Barra. She then left Castlebay at 1400 bound for Oban with traffic from yesterday's cancelled sailing. Loch Striven sailed at 1200 bound for the Clyde after Loch Riddon arrived to relieve her.
 
27/11/06 The date has been set for Loch Shira to be launched. She will head down the slip at Ferguson's on Friday 8th December at 1300. Saturn will be brought back into service for the day and will depart Gourock at 1200 on a special cruise upriver to allow people to witness the launch from the river itself.

With strong winds and poor weather once again sweeping across the west of Scotland, the following disruptions have been reported:
Loch Ranza is currently stormbound and the Gigha service is off indefinitely. The 1300 sailing from Kennacraig to Port Askaig is running up to 2 hours late and is expected to depart Kennacraig between 1430 and 1500. The inward sailing will sail at 1530 as per timetable, therefore both Hebridean Isles and Isle of Arran are trying to minimise delays and keep the timetable operating between them.
The 1330 ex Berneray and 1440 ex Leverburgh have been cancelled; Loch Portain being stormbound at her Otternish berth. Loch Buie is currently not running, although a decision will be made at 1300 with a view to resuming sailings this afternoon and finally (for now at least) Lochnevis has seen her run to the Small Isles cancelled for today.

Update:
Bute and Coruisk have been taken off duty due to the weather affecting the Clyde. The situation will be reviewed at 1600 with a view to possibly resuming sailings from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay. Further down the Clyde, Caledonian Isles did not sail at 1350, again due to the weather. Consequently the 1515 ex Ardrossan was also cancelled. The decision to sail or not at 1640 from Brodick will be made at 1600. Ali Cat's afternoon run to Dunoon and back has been cancelled. The 1515 Tarbert - Portavadie and 1545 return sailing have been cancelled although it is expected that the timetable will resume at 1615.
In the Western Isles, Lochnevis is now to miss her 1600 sailing to Armadale and back. Weather permitting she will pick up the schedule with the 0840 sailing tomorrow. The decision was made at 1300 that there will be no further sailings to Iona this afternoon. Loch Striven missed the last few runs for the day and should resume service tomorrow morning.
Isle of Lewis is stormbound at Ullapool this evening. The 1715 sailing has been cancelled, as has tomorrow morning's 0715 from Stornoway.

It is reported that Clansman missed her call at Castlebay this morning. With Hebridean Isles back in service at Islay, Isle of Arran is to sail from Port Askaig at 0700 tomorrow for Castlebay where she will then carry traffic back to Oban. After this she is due to return to Tobermory where she will lie until she is next needed.

 
26/11/06 Due to rope becoming tangled round on of Bute's propellers, the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay service saw the early services cancelled. The service resumed with the 1100 ex Rothesay, returning from Wemyss Bay at 1215.

Isle of Mull sailed through the night and arrived on the Mersey late this morning. She entered dry dock in Birkenhead without delay.

Loch Fyne sailed from Campbletown at 1030 this morning bound for Craignure, where she is due to arrive at around 2100.

Loch Buie sailed from Craighouse, Jura and is now back at Fionnphort ready to resume service tomorrow. Loch Riddon is now due to return to the Clyde where she will take over the winter Tarbert - Portavadie/Lochranza service from Loch Tarbert.
Isle of Arran had this evening's sailing to Port Ellen diverted to Port Askaig due to incoming bad weather. As a result, tomorrow's 0415 will now sail from Port Askaig at 0430. Hebridean Isles sailed from Port Askaig to Kennacraig light and will resume service tomorrow.

Photo: David Fairclough
Isle of Mull approaching the Mersey

Photo: Elliott Bowman, SoC Crew
Hebridean Isles sailing light for Kennacraig

 
25/11/06 Due to adverse weather conditions, this evening's 1730, 1815 and 1900 sailings from Rothesay have been cancelled. There was a 1830 sailing from Gourock, following an earlier diversion and this was the last sailing of the day on this route.

Hebridean Isles left JWD this morning and undertook trials before calling in at Gourock at 1025 to pick up crew cars. She then sailed south for Islay. She was meant to berth overnight at Port Ellen but weather conditions dictated a diversion to Port Askaig. She will return to service on Monday morning.
 

Photo: John Huggins (www.clydeshipping.co.uk)
Hebridean Isles passing Dunoon en route for Islay

  Also leaving this morning was Loch Fyne which left Fairlie for a sailing via the Kilbrannan Sound to Campbletown where she is spending the night. She is on her way back to the Sound of Mull where she will relieve the Isle of Cumbrae once more.
Isle of Mull  left Oban this afternoon for her journey south to Birkenhead where she is to have her overhaul. She was spotted passing through the Sound of Islay at 1840 and was off Kintyre to the south of Gigha at 2015. Lord of the Isles is now on the Oban - Craignure and Oban - Colonsay routes.
 
24/11/06 Loch Dunvegan returned from JWD to the Kyles of Bute where she resumed service on the Colintraive - Rhubodach crossing. Loch Fyne came off the route and made for Largs before berthing for the night at Fairlie.
Caledonian Isles had an early start in order to clear the backlog of traffic from yesterday. She departed Brodick at 0600 with an extra sailing to Ardrossan and back.

There was also a report on local radio indicating a problem on the Tayinloan - Gigha run. The service was apparently restricted to passenger-only, with vehicles being sent up to Kennacraig. At this moment in time we do not know any further details.

 
23/11/06 Lochnevis is only calling at Rum on the outward leg of her sailing today. This is due to the poor weather conditions. Also affected is the 1530 sailing from Oban - Castlebay - Lochboisdale, which has been cancelled. Consequently the inward sailing tomorrow will not be running.
The skipper of Loch Ranza cancelled all sailings after the 1430 from Gigha due to the weather this afternoon. Not too far away, the Isle of Arran also saw her 1530 sailing from Port Askaig cancelled. She will instead take traffic for this sailing back to Kennacraig at 0430 tomorrow morning.
 
21/11/06 Another day of diversions on the Islay run. Isle of Arran started the day by sailing at 0430 with yesterday afternoon's traffic. The day continued as a repeat of yesterday with the 0700 to Port Ellen sailing instead to Port Askaig. This afternoon though she was able to return to Kennacraig at 1530.
Isle of Lewis missed her 1345 ex Stornoway sailing so the next sailing will be at 0715 tomorrow morning if conditions in the Minch improve.
Lochnevis was running to an amended timetable due to the poor conditions. She missed her outward call at Rum and called in on her way back from Canna.
Caledonian Isles was busy trying to clear the backlog of traffic from yesterday's cancellations, with the 1105 departure from Brodick leaving 45 minutes late. She was then stormbound at Brodick from 1350 to 1640. The 1640 sailing left on time for Ardrossan.
 
20/11/06 Isle of Arran sailed at 0430 this morning with all of yesterday afternoon's traffic. The 0700 ex Kennacraig was diverted back to Port Askaig instead of Port Ellen. This afternoon, following her scheduled arrival at Port Askaig at 1505, she remained stormbound once again.
In the Western Isles, the Sound of Barra service saw further cancellations and Hebrides was running to an amended timetable which saw sailings as follows: Lochmaddy - Uig - Lochmaddy - Uig - Tarbert - Uig - Lochmaddy - Uig - Tarbert. In an unusually busy winter day on the Uig Triangle, she was sailing from 0730 to 2130. The Minch was also too rough for Isle of Lewis today and she remained in Stornoway for the whole day.
Down on the Clyde, Caledonian Isles was subject to more disruptions.
 
19/11/06 Isle of Arran was stormbound at Port Askaig after her arrival there at 1505. She could not sail on the return leg at 1530. Clansman did not sail to Castlebay and Lochboisdale due to the poor weather. Loch Bhrusda and Loch Portain also both saw their services disrupted because of the conditions.
The 1350 sailing from Brodick was diverted to Gourock and then performed one further single sailing back to Brodick before finishing for the day.
 
17/11/06 Lord of the Isles was seen heading up the Sound of Mull at 1550, meanwhile Clansman appears to have disappeared from Oban. It could be that she is back in service and Lord of the Isles has returned to Tobermory, however this is as yet unconfirmed.
 
16/11/06 Lord of the Isles was spotted heading up the Sound of Mull this morning, so it appears she is indeed taking the Coll and Tiree sailing today instead of Clansman.
 
15/11/06 Isle of Mull returned from Colonsay on schedule this evening and left Oban, presumably for an overnight berth at Craignure. Clansman came in from Craignure at 1740 and moved to the spare berth, effectively swapping places with Lord of the Isles which is spending the night at the linkspan. Presumably she will therefore be taking the early sailing to Coll and Tiree tomorrow.

With work now commencing on the new linkspan in Oban, we are expecting the Oban ships to use Craignure as well as the north and south piers in Oban for their overnight stabling from time to time.

 
14/11/06 Lord of the Isles left Tobermory at about 0745 this morning. She sailed for Oban, meanwhile Clansman was spotted passing Tobermory at about 0835. She was sailing far slower than her normal speed.
 
13/11/06 Juno and Saturn are now both noted as being laid up at Rosneath until they are required at Rothesay for a six week period over the winter.

Strong winds continue to affect the Western Isles, with Hebrides currently lying at Lochmaddy stormbound. With no letup in the westerly Force 9 severe gale, her sailings for the rest of the day have been cancelled. Lochnevis did attempt a sailing to the Small Isles this morning, however she too had to turn back to Mallaig.

Loch Bhrusda has seen her 1230 from Barra to Eriskay return sailing cancelled. The later sailing is also in doubt and will be updated on CalMac's website at around 1600.

 
11/11/06 Isle of Arran suffered minor delays through the day today due to the high winds. It took until 0950 to get alongside Port Ellen this morning, and when it came to departure, she had to manoeuvre on the roundhead and then reverse out of the bay as far as the lighthouse before being able to turn. She eventually left the pier at 1020. The return journey was with the wind so she made up some time and was only 15 minutes late into Port Askaig this afternoon, although it did take until 1530 to get alongside. Departure was half an hour late.

 

Photo: SoC Crew
Isle of Arran reversing away from Port Ellen

Caledonian Isles suffered at the hands of the weather too, with her sailings this afternoon being cancelled.

Coruisk emerged from Rosneath this morning and proceeded to Gourock before moving down to Wemyss Bay, where she took over from Juno on the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay service. This route is now once again in the hands of the new generation of ferries.

 
10/11/06 Clansman did not sail for South Uist and Barra today. Presumably this was due to the predicted high winds which were to sweep through the Minch during the afternoon and evening.

Isle of Arran had to divert her 1800 sailing to Port Askaig instead of Port Ellen this evening due to high winds.

Isle of Lewis did not sail this morning; her 0715 service being cancelled with the weather. She was due to sail at 1300 however.

 
09/11/06 Isle of Lewis was delayed by around 20 minutes in Stornoway this morning due to loading taking longer than anticipated. The 0715 sailing departed a 0735 and arrived in Ullapool at 1020. The ship then lost more time and it was about 1100 before she sailed again.

Muirneag also didn't sail last night as she was still sitting at her berth in Stornoway at first light this morning.

 

Photo: SoC Crew
Muirneag lying at Stornoway

 
06/11/06 Lord of the Isles' location has been confirmed as Tobermory. She is currently berthed starboard side to the pier, meaning that Raasay is having to use the buoy as her temporary berth.

Loch Buie arrived at Rothesay at around 1630 this afternoon. She will lie at the pier until Ardmaleish slip is vacated by Loch Linnhe.

 
05/11/06 Hebridean Isles departed Kennacraig at around 2130 this evening and is taking a slow journey round Kintyre and up to Gourock where she expected to arrive sometime tomorrow morning. Isle of Arran took over the Islay run with the 1300 sailing to Port Askaig.

Loch Riddon sailed from Colonsay up to Fionnphort today where she took over from the Loch Buie. The Loch Buie then made her way south to Port Askaig where she is spending tonight. She will continue her journey to Bute tomorrow.

Photo: SoC Crew
Loch Riddon on relief at Fionnphort

Photo: SoC Crew
Hebridean Isles preparing to leave Kennacraig

 
04/11/06 Clyde:
Loch Fyne
spent last night at Campbletown and set sail for Colintraive via the Kilbrannan Sound and the Kyles of Bute, arriving at 1010 this morning. She took over the Colintraive - Rhubodach service from Loch Dunvegan, which then made her way to Largs to unload crew cars before sailing for JWD. This is Loch Fyne's first spell in service on this particular route. Normally Isle of Cumbrae would perform this relief duty, however large vehicles carrying construction equipment and raw materials will be using the Kyles of Bute crossing to get to the site of the new linkspan at Rothesay and a vessel equal in size to the Loch Dunvegan was needed.

Juno made her way back down the Clyde this morning and replaced Coruisk on the Wemyss Bay - Rothesay crossing. Coruisk then made her way up to Gourock to unload 5 crew cars before sailing for Rosneath where she will spend the next week undergoing repairs.

Western Isles:
After sailing from Rothesay in the last day or so, Loch Riddon passed through the Sound of Islay en route for Colonsay where she is spending tonight. She is due to relieve Loch Buie on the Fionnphort - Iona crossing following a quick handover with Loch Buie tomorrow. Loch Buie will then sail south, spending Sunday night on Islay.
Also passing through the Sound of Islay today was Isle of Arran which has sailed down from Tobermory. She will commence a relief spell on the Kennacraig - Islay routes tomorrow. Hebridean Isles is to sail for JWD on Sunday night.

Lord of the Isles arrived back in Oban today following her annual overhaul. She berthed for a while at the linkspan before sailing for Tobermory where she will lie spare until required to cover for Clansman or Isle of Mull.


Photo: Iain McPherson
Lochs Fyne and Dunvegan at Colintraive

Photo: Elliott Bowman, SoC Crew
Loch Riddon off Port Askaig

 
03/11/06 Clyde:
Juno
has taken over the Gourock - Dunoon service for today only, while her sisters Jupiter and Saturn lie at the wires. Jupiter is having maintenance today and will return to service tomorrow, while Saturn is laid up spare. The photo opposite was taken this morning and marks what will probably be one of the final times that we will see all three Streakers together.

Photo: SoC Crew
Isle of Cumbrae on relief at Fishnish

Photo: Bill Main (www.clydeshipping.co.uk)
Juno, Jupiter and Saturn at Gourock

Western Isles:
Isle of Cumbrae
took over the Fishnish - Lochaline crossing this morning. Loch Fyne has set sail for Campbletown where she will spend tonight. She is due to relieve her sister on the secondary Bute crossing tomorrow sometime.
 
02/11/06 Western Isles:
Lochnevis
is now in service on the Small Isles and winter Armadale roster. Coruisk was spotted passing Tobermory at 0835 and then in the Sound of Islay, off Port Askaig at 1300 this afternoon as she made her way down from Mallaig to the Clyde. She is spending the night at Rothesay.

Clyde:
It is reported that the work to construct the new end-loading ferry berth at Rothesay will commence on 27th November and will take 34 weeks. For a six week period, two of the Streakers will be required to operate in order to avoid getting in the way of the works. For the rest of the winter, Coruisk and Bute will remain in charge. It is expected that Argyle may relieve for the overhauls in the spring.

Photo: SoC Crew
Lochnevis arriving at Armadale

Loch Riddon left Bute this morning following completion of her annual overhaul. She is to sail for Colonsay and then Iona. Following Coruisk's arrival at Rothesay this evening, Juno made her way up to Gourock where she joined her two sisters.
 
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